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Training  Health Workers,   Saving LivesAMREF Coffeehouse Speakers Series onglobal developmentDecember 2012
LIVES LOST •3,000 + children die of malaria every day •177,000 women died in pregnancy or childbirth in 2010Illnesses and ...
PROBLEM•Africa bears 25% of the world’s ‘burden’ of disease   •Has only 3% of the world’s health workers   •Has only 1% of...
AMREF’S GOALThat every African can enjoy the right           to good health
HOW?“Creating vibrant networks of  informed and empoweredcommunities and health careproviders working together in strong h...
CHALLENGE•Thousands of nurses, midwives, doctors andothers ready to be trained.•Traditional classroom-based training would...
SOLUTION              eLearning:         the computer and network-enabled     transfer of skills and knowledge, including ...
NURSES’ TRAINING: Kenya                  BACKGROUND•2005 to 2011•AMREF, Ministry of Health, nursing regulatorybody, Accent...
NURSES’ TRAINING: Kenya                    PURPOSE:•Upgrade nurses’ skills in shorter timeframe whileallowing them to cont...
COMPUTER CENTRES
NURSES’ TRAINING: Kenya                   SUCCESSES:By 2011:  •More than 8,000 nurses enrolled  •More than 4,500 graduated...
CHALLENGES   •Difficulty setting up computer   centres   •Participants had little knowledge   of computers   •Lack of cons...
A NURSE’S EXPERIENCE                                Anne’s Experience:                              •Able to work while tr...
ROLL OUT  • Uganda: eLearning to  upgrade midwives  •Tanzania: eLearning to  upgrade nurses  •Additional programs in:  Zan...
WHAT’S NEXT?  How mobile phones can be used  in health worker training    •Increase access to eLearning for    midwives an...
STAY IN TOUCHwww.amrefcanada.orginfo@amrefcanada.org    (416) 961-6981Twitter: @AMREFCanada Facebook: amrefcanada
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The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), based in Kenya, is using eLearning to upgrade the skills of thousands of nurses, providing better health care in Africa.

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  • To reach this goal, people need: ACCESS to health care close to where they live – e.g. nurses, midwives, doctors TRAINED HEALTH WORKERS: need to have appropriately-trained health care workers to provide care
  • Map of where computer centres were set up – shows the reach that AMREF and its partners had to get to ensure nurses in rural and remote areas could access the training more than 100 eLearning centres set up Almost 30 nursing schools also ran the eLearning training program
  • NOTE: AMREF handed program over to Ministry of Health in 2011 AMREF works in such a way that our programs can carry on through the gov’t, community or other local infrastructure. Our goal is always to pass off the project in such a way that it can be sustained over the long term
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    1. 1. Training Health Workers, Saving LivesAMREF Coffeehouse Speakers Series onglobal developmentDecember 2012
    2. 2. LIVES LOST •3,000 + children die of malaria every day •177,000 women died in pregnancy or childbirth in 2010Illnesses and deaths are largely preventable with access to health care Source: World Health Organization
    3. 3. PROBLEM•Africa bears 25% of the world’s ‘burden’ of disease •Has only 3% of the world’s health workers •Has only 1% of global health expenditure•Significant shortage of trained health care workers – facilities50% understaffed•Crisis in remote and rural areas Outcome: poor health, illness, and death
    4. 4. AMREF’S GOALThat every African can enjoy the right to good health
    5. 5. HOW?“Creating vibrant networks of informed and empoweredcommunities and health careproviders working together in strong health care systems.”
    6. 6. CHALLENGE•Thousands of nurses, midwives, doctors andothers ready to be trained.•Traditional classroom-based training wouldtake hundreds of years (literally!), and takehealth care workers out of the community
    7. 7. SOLUTION eLearning: the computer and network-enabled transfer of skills and knowledge, including web-based learning, computer-based learning, virtual classroom opportunities and digital collaboration. Content is delivered via the Internet, intranet/extranet, audio or video tape, satellite TV, and CD- ROM. It can be self-paced or instructor-led and includes media in the form of text, image, animation, streaming video and audio
    8. 8. NURSES’ TRAINING: Kenya BACKGROUND•2005 to 2011•AMREF, Ministry of Health, nursing regulatorybody, Accenture•Goal: 22,000 ‘enrolled’ nurses who needed skillsupgraded to ‘registered nurse’•Traditional classroom training: limit of 100nurses/year
    9. 9. NURSES’ TRAINING: Kenya PURPOSE:•Upgrade nurses’ skills in shorter timeframe whileallowing them to continue working•Build on AMREF’s training expertise by moving toIT-based solutions•Use the lessons learned to replicate eLearning inother African countries
    10. 10. COMPUTER CENTRES
    11. 11. NURSES’ TRAINING: Kenya SUCCESSES:By 2011: •More than 8,000 nurses enrolled •More than 4,500 graduated •Nurses able to upgrade skills while continuing to care for patients •Financial support for nurses through special loan program
    12. 12. CHALLENGES •Difficulty setting up computer centres •Participants had little knowledge of computers •Lack of consistent Internet access, particularly remote areas •Unreliable electricity
    13. 13. A NURSE’S EXPERIENCE Anne’s Experience: •Able to work while training • Can now treat patients independent of doctor (even notices mistakes by doctors!) Anne Kamene •Financial challengesKangundo Hospital, Eastern Province
    14. 14. ROLL OUT • Uganda: eLearning to upgrade midwives •Tanzania: eLearning to upgrade nurses •Additional programs in: Zanzibar, Senegal, Lesotho, Zambia
    15. 15. WHAT’S NEXT? How mobile phones can be used in health worker training •Increase access to eLearning for midwives and nurses •Provide access to reference materials (e.g. guidelines) •Offer peer learning for nurses and midwives in remote areas
    16. 16. STAY IN TOUCHwww.amrefcanada.orginfo@amrefcanada.org (416) 961-6981Twitter: @AMREFCanada Facebook: amrefcanada
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